Knitting, Dogs and Life on the High Plains

Monday, October 25, 2004
I'm an Optimist.

A couple days ago I said that I expected to finish Jess over the weekend. Unless I got sidetracked.

HAH!

I did finish the body. Here's how far I got with the sleeves...



What sidetracked me?

1) Cleaning the house. Over the past 11 weekends I'd been gone 9. I have 10 Samoyeds, several of which are blowing coat. You do the math. It's not a pretty picture.

2) Evaluating puppies. A good friend brought her litter of three 8 week old puppies down for me to look at. She needed help deciding which one to keep. Can you believe I FORGOT to take a picture of the puppies playing with 4 month old Babe?

3) Knitting and then ripping out the Butterfly sleeves - see the entry on October 23 for the gory details.

4) Then on Sunday I was swatching for the Total Maze Cardigan by Earthheart Designs.




I've had some Interlacements Paris yarn in the Persian colorway that I've been wanting to use for this. I picked up a few skeins of Auracania Nature Wool the other day and I think they go together well.

5) And I was swatching for Earnshaw. And re-swatching. And swatching again.

Have you ever knit with Kochoran?

I'd consider it a bulky wieght. A few years ago I made the GirlFriend Jacket from Sally Melville's Knit Stitch book in Kochoran. Size 10.5 needles. 3 sts/inch. That's a bulky weight, no? Came out *gorgeous*.

Well Earnshaw wants Kocharan to be knitted on size 10 needles at a worsted weight gauge, 4 sts/inch. I tried 9s. Then 8s. I was close at that point and not willing to try 7s. They are just too small to comfrotably knit this yarn on. I haven't decided whether to rewrite the pattern for 3 sts/inch and knit on 10s or use the 8s and just end up with a slightly larger sweater.

6) Then I joined the Red Sox Knitalong over at Knitting Wizard.

I am not really a big baseball fan although I do enjoy the playoffs and the series. And I'm not a Red Sox fan although I was thrilled to see them beat the Yankees. I usually cheer for the (Brooklyn) Dodgers, the Orioles, the Rockies or the Diamond Backs.

But I did have a pair of long unfinished red socks in my basket that need completing. If this gets me going on them it's a Good Thing, right? Did an inch during the game Saturday night.


7) And last but not least there is this...



This is Vivienne/Xia Yang. My brother and his wife are adopting her from China. She is about 14 months old in this picture and will be about 18 months old when they go to China to get her in a couple months. I think she needs a hand knit sweater to welcome her to this country, don't you? How about Haiku in lavendar wool/cashmere/silk? So I was swatching that too.

That's all from the high plains today. That's enough don't you think?


Anne at 11:42 AM        
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on the needles
30. Fletcher
Noro Transitions


29. Rosedale
Patons SWS


28. Forecast
Cascade Quatro


27. Lady Eleanor (again)
Patons SWS


26. Marble Shawl Collar Sweater
Karabella Marble


25. Serrano
Dale Baby Ull


24. Tamarah
Artyarns Regal Silk, Silk Mohair


23. Apricot(Plum) Jacket
DB Cashmerino Chunky


22. Rusted Root
BS Cotton Fleece


21. Not So Shrunken Cardigan
Lavold Sily Wool


20. Sizzle
Nashua Kim


19. Hanging Garden Stole
KP Alpaca Cloud


18. Log Cabin Blanket
Cascade Pima Tencel


17. Mystery Stole 2
Crazy Monkey Lace



16. Petticoat Sallops
Opal Petticoat


15. CeCe
Lambspun Silk



14. Hyrna Herborgar
Silk for Life



13. Sea Foam Shawl
LaLana Phat Silk


12. Diamond Fantasy Shawl
CTH Possum Lace



11. Evergreen Cardi
Malabrigo


10. Mystery Shawl 3
Zephyr



9. Jaywalkers
LL Shepherd Sock



8. Pi @ Sunrise Shawl
Crazy Monkey Lace



7. Follow the Leader Aran
BS Naturespun Worsted


6. Peacock Feathers
HaindPaintedYarn.com lace


5. Kiri Shawl
Rowan Kidsilk Haze



4. Sampler Shawl
Starmore Campion


3. Highland Triangle Shawl
America's Alpaca


2. Leaf Lace Shawl
Misti Alpaca Lace


1. Total Maze Cardigan
Araucania Nature Wool




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finished in 2006
1/21 - Shadow of Love Socks
1/31 - Pineapple Jacket
2/5 - Smokin' Blueberry Socks
2/7 - Angora Fingerless Mitts
3/9 - Neopolitan Socks
3/18 - Summer Scallop Socks
3/30 - Spectrum: Red & Pink
4/2 - Felted Clogs
4/15 - Violets by the River
5/3 - Felted Hedgehog
5/6 - Felted B-4 Bag
6/15 - Pomatomus Socks
7/1 - Snapdragon Socks
9/11 - Simple Knitted Bodice
9/13 - White,Biscuit,Cream Shawl
9/14 - Something Lilac
10/4 - Cabbage Rose Socks
10/29 - Neck Warmer
11/15 - Lady Eleanor

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1/21 - Seascape Shawl
2/12 - Wool Peddler's Shawl
3/21 - Fir Cone Square Shawl
3/25 - Misty Garden Scarf
4/7 - Obi
4/30 - Truly Tasha's Shawl
5/19 - Ivy
6/19 - Tasha II Shawl
7/13 - Cherry Blossom Shawl
7/26 - Mom's Birthday Shawl
8/9 - Birch Shawl
8/28 - Mystery Shawl
10/4 - Herbal Remedy
10/5 - Rosy Fingered Dawn
11/18 - Mystery Shawl 2
12/6 - Ostrich Plumes Triangle
12/26 - In The Dark Socks
12/29 - Red, Red, RED! Scarf

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